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Canfield, Ohio Scare Grounds

Posted by LOTGK on October 13, 2007

Preparing for All Hollows Eve, the busiest day of paranormal activity, we set out on a hunch to Canfield, Ohio where the Canfield Fair is housed to search for ghosts, spirits, and demons, and all things scary. We found the haunted Scaregrounds instead.

Parking was easy although the attendant was parking everyone out at the entrance instead of letting us go deeper inside. As we walked to the attraction, we could see plenty of empty car spaces, hundreds of them in fact. Oh well, it was a pleasant evening, I could use the walk.

We approached the ticket booth and it was utter bedlam. Good ambiance, kids screaming, running around, a few zombies chasing teenage blonds around. Standard haunted house fare. One problem though, the ticket booth line was moving at an incredibly slow pace. We waited over 45 minutes just to buy the hayride tickets.

Finally, we purchased out tickets, $8.50 each, and proceeded to the pick up area for the hay ride. The above photo was the crowd waiting. There were several hundred waiting just for the hayride but the line moved fast enough. Another 45 minutes and it was our turn. We loaded ourselves onto the wagon and began our frightful journey.

We were told that flash photography was forbidden. I turned the digital to fast shutter and hoped for the best. The below pictures are what I was able to snap. (Side note. In previous years hay rides, I was permitted to snap as many photo’s as I wished. This year, none)

I have to say, the hay ride was not all that scary. Pretty lame this year. Same thing as last year, and the year before that. No real change ups. Even the same props in the same place. Pretty lazy set up to be honest. Several of the scenes the actors were not ready or out of position ruining the moment. I understand that the actors are teenagers for the most part, but $8.50 was spent, and I was looking for a little professionalism. Listening to laughing teens in masks after they blew their mark, was not particularly scary.

There was to much “Dark time” as the tractor pulled the cart up to the next scene. I don’t expect action every minute, but at times, the cart was silent and dark as the tractor weaved in and out of the fair buildings. Perhaps several of the props were closed or not enough actors to man the props.

The tractor let us off on the main drag of the hunted scare grounds strip. There were several food booths with the standard fair food. French fries, pizza, hot dogs, pretzels, hot chocolate. We opted for the fries and pizza. I also noticed fair rides were set up. It was a pleasant evening, but low 40’s and whipping around on those rides didn’t seem to be a good fit. There were a few brave souls on the rides, but only a handful.

The haunted house was as crowded as the hayride with a long winding line to get in. The cost for the haunted house was $10.00 per ticket. The standard chainsaw wielding masked maniac’s were outside chasing the squealing girls.

The setting was ideal for a haunted house and hay ride at the Canfield Scaregrounds. However, the management was in utter chaos. The ticket booth was abysmal. The food booths had zero seating. Where were you to eat your pizza and hot chocolate? The parking was a tragedy.

The Grassy Knoll Institute would like to recommend the Scaregrounds, but alas, for $18.50 for both attractions, it was to much money for to little scare factor.
Enjoy the photo’s below. Click the thumb nail for larger version.

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10 Responses to “Canfield, Ohio Scare Grounds”

  1. Dylan said

    If i may ask what year is this from?

  2. LOTGK said

    Dylan, its from 2007. I have not yet ventured there for 2008.

  3. Dylan said

    O.K. I do work there, and I agree that there should be seating, and almost everyone there is a teenager, so we cannot be expected to be perfect.
    And i don’t remember if you mentioned this, but the hayride, it needs re-done. It’s no longer scary to people.
    But the House, it’s amazing this year.
    Come back and check us out!

  4. Marc said

    I went there yesterday, and boy did I get freaked out. But they should put a whole clown theme in there with a ball pit people can walk through and a ton of balloons hanging from the ceiling.

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  6. chris g said

    i agree that canfields hay ride doesnt always scare, and 2008 wasnt a great year. iv been working there a few years though, and it has changed trumendusly since. as of last year we had a corn maze that went into “the fog” which wasnt the scariest, but 100% free. the haunted house this year was completely re configured, with all new props, some custom made from one of our managers. I work in the glow hall(youd know it onece you saw it), and previously was a clown for years in the house, so im a little biased for the hayride, but… from what i saw last year the hay ride had new props and was mmuch scarier. it however does have a funny factor to it usually.
    and now there has been benches put in around the hay ride and i believe a bench by the house now so people will be as conforitable as can be at a haunted attraction hah

    • LOTGK said

      I am already planning our 2010 Halloween season schedule. Canfield is certainly on the list.

      • rob said

        What is on your list?

        I myself will be making an exciting trip this wkd to the akron area. Factory of fear, Haunted school house, and I’m not sure about our final stop yet. Was considering canfield or bloodview.

        This might be the only wkd I get a chance to visit any, as I have the good fortune of being an actor for the first time. But I’m going to try and squeeze in time for another ghost lake trip later.

        Family first sports park (fright park) of erie is putting on a haunt this year(the one I’ll be acting at). I can’t vouch for it’s quality yet, since I unfortunately wasn’t there to help setup, but if your in the erie area, you might want to check it out.

        • LOTGK said

          Akron Schoolhouse is worth seeing. Canfield changes their set up slightly each year, for a small scale haunt, it is well managed. It is quite possible that I reach Erie this season. We are already making plans for our stops this year.

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